Peter Cullen AO "is a well known commentator on water issues in Australia. He is a graduate in Agricultural Science from the University of Melbourne and a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering. He was Adelaide's Thinker in Residence during 2004. He is a member of the Wentworth Group of Concerned Scientists who have been active in delivering the insights of science in their Blueprint for a Living Continent and other documents.
"Peter Cullen is a Commissioner of the National Water Commission, Chair of the Victorian Water Trust Advisory Council, Chair of the Independent Panel on Sydney Metropolitan Water Planning and a member of the Natural Heritage Trust Advisory Committee.
"He was founding Chief Executive of the CRC for Freshwater Ecology at the University of Canberra from 1992 - 2002. He is a Visiting Fellow at CSIRO Land and Water.
"Professor Cullen was appointed an Officer of the Order of Australia in 2004 for service to freshwater ecology, particularly in the areas of policy development, implementation and sustainability in relation to water and natural resource management, and to education.
"He was awarded the University of Melbourne Centenary of Agriculture Medal, 2006, the Naumann-Thienemann Medal, the highest scientific recognition of the International Limnology Society 2004, "for his exemplary scientific leadership which over the past three decades has led to improved understanding about the critical water resources of Australia.""